The Northern Arizona University Traveling Arthropod show, hosted by entomologist, Robert Delph, also known as the "bug man," entertained and educated a room full of wide-eyed youngsters and oldsters June 27 at the Pine library activity room.
The presentation was part of the library's summer reading program, "Catch the Reading Bug."
Delph, a graduate student working as a research associate and as an associate curator of the Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity, brought a wide array of bugs, both dead and alive and served up overloads of information.
Members of the audience were allowed to get up close and personal with the creepy- crawlies --o the delight of some and chagrin of others.
Before Delph's presentation, all in attendance took time to scrutinize displays of arachnids, centipedes, millipedes and other insects.
The looks on the faces of the observers ranged from wonder to dismay and more than a few adults were seen scratching the unseen itch.
Delph, who says he has a passion for bugs, is an interesting scholar in that his current research involves, measuring the impacts of pinyon mortality on ground-dwelling arthropods.
He also claims "insects are the most diverse group of organisms, which play an important role in ecosystems and also function as indicator species for environmental change."
He calls bugs an ideal organism for examining many ecological questions.
His advice is, to "respect the insects but do not pity them, for they will continue to prevail when all other animal life ceases to exist."
Wow, that's some heavy duty stuff.
Plenty to do in Pine this week
Visitors and locals alike will have plenty to do in Pine this holiday weekend. The 28th Annual Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Show at the Pine Cultural Center is July 4, 5 and 6. More than 60 vendors will be offering a wide selection of wares. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.
Of course, a holiday weekend isn't complete without great food. So, if you are in Pine around noon Friday, mosey over to the Pine fire station on Hardscrabble and grab a firehouse brat served up by the firefighters.
If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, and we all enjoy someone else cooking it for us, there is a screaming deal this holiday weekend. An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be prepared by members of the Pine Strawberry Fire Department from 7 to 10 a.m., July 5 and 6. The cost is $5 a plate and includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee.
The Pine Library Friends Book Sale runs for three days beginning Friday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, July 4; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 5; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 6.
After visiting the Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, complete your day with an evening of food and fun at the annual block party sponsored by The Church on Randall Place. Festivities are scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m., July 5 at 6338 W. Randall Place in Pine.
Pastor John Lake is inviting the community to attend and assures there will fun for all ages.
There will be a bounce house and games for the youngsters at the church. Great food will be available including snow cones, popcorn and hamburgers. Live music will add to the festivities.
The event is a great opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Lake's invitation is for all to turn out and enjoy the cool evening. There is no charge for this family event.